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Buying a Commission During the Regency Era

In times of peace and of war, most promotions were achieved by purchasing a higher rank, rather than earning a field promotion, so to speak. This made it easy for a man to have a high rank without much actual … Continue reading

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Did An Officer’s Wife Receive a Pension if Her Husband Died in the Napoleonic Wars?

¬†Did an officer’s wives receive¬† any kind of pension or a refund for her husband’s purchased rank if the man was killed in battle? ¬†First, permit me to explain, regiments were formed “whole cloth” in some regions, or whole battalions … Continue reading

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Purchasing Commissions During the Napoleonic Wars

We often read of a young gentleman purchasing a commission in either the militia or the regulars during the Regency era, but did conditions exist when a commission could not be secured? The answer is “Yes,” but there were rules … Continue reading

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Enlisting in the British Army During the Regency Era

Being an officer in the British Army was considered a “suitable” occupation for sons of peers and wealthy families of the gentry. Generally, the head of the family (father, uncle, brother, etc. would purchase commissions for his relation. We often … Continue reading

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Performing as an Officer and a Gentleman While Being Broke

Of late, I have been reading of a phenomenon going on, specifically during the Napoleonic Wars, that I am certain many of my readers are unaware. Officers often “fronted” the cost of the men serving under them and returned home … Continue reading

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